Snopes Says What We’ve Been Saying All Along: Contraception is a Con  

Jordan Estabrook - 08 Apr 2024

As the abortion debate heats up, many issues, including our stances on IVF and Trump’s 2024 abortion statements, thrust Students for Life of America’s name into the spotlight. In particular, birth control set the media ablaze, especially with this recent tweet from Ben Zeisloft, The Sentinel editor.

This time, however, Snopes vindicates what we’ve been saying all along: hormonal birth control is an abortifacient.  

In case you missed it, here’s what we say:  

“Because our mission is to abolish abortion, Students for Life of America does not take a stance on the morality of non-abortifacient contraceptives. However, we remain opposed to abortifacient varieties, as makers of these ‘contraceptives’ widely admit they could end nascent human life. While the intention of women who consume these types of birth control isn’t to end life but prevent the creation of new life, we believe in trusting the science and proceeding with caution.”  

We oppose any device or substance that unnaturally ends the life of a preborn child, including many abortifacients such as oral contraceptives, IUDs, hormonal patches, shots, implants, vaginal rings, and Plan B.  

Media outlets enjoy misconstruing our position. Other times, it’s the New York Times reporting on the first-ever no-prescription birth control (a grave error emboldening sexual abusers) or Politico challenging life at conception and the implications of birth control.  

Despite these drug purveyors’ best efforts to keep the truth quiet, like Planned Parenthood’s research wing the Guttmacher Institute, and persuade people otherwise, the public isn’t stupid.

They see the con: hormonal contraception can end and has already ended preborn life., a “fact-checking” entity, got in on the action in April 2024 by posting an article that affirmed the truth that hormonal birth control (namely, the birth control pill) is functionally capable of preventing a fertilized embryo from implanting in the uterine lining. Snopes’ exact words?  

Portion of the article, “Birth Control Pill Causes Abortions?”

“… some say that besides preventing pregnancies, birth control can also provoke abortions. This, anti-abortion activists argue, is because a third mechanism of the combined pill is to thin the uterine lining, or endometrium, making implantation of an embryo less likely. An un-implanted embryo is then expelled by the uterus as it sheds the endometrium.  

The people making this claim are correct about this last mechanism.”  

Their finding was according to a 2023 Netherlands study, which found “a significant association between a thin endometrial lining and the history of hormonal contraceptive use.”  

Given that the life cycle of a human being begins at fertilization (according to 96% of biologists), artificially ending that life by disrupting implantation classifies as abortion.  

This well-agreed-upon fertilization fact should be alarming, given the number of women on birth control in the United States. A 2022 study reported that “The majority of females 18 to 64 (90%) have used contraception at some point in their reproductive years and many have used more than one contraceptive method throughout their lifetime (76%).”  

With such a high number of American women taking the birth control pill, they should be aware of the potential risks, which include loss of a preborn life. The same 2021 study that reported 96% of biologists holding the fertilization view also makes another impassioned claim: women deserve to know the truth about hormonal birth control.  

According to the study:  

“The founding principles of the field Science Communication suggest that scientists have an ethical and professional obligation to inform Americans, as well as people around the world, about scientific developments so members of the public can be empowered to make life decisions that are consistent with the best information available.”  

We’re glad that Snopes is informing rather than obscuring the truth in this case. Abortifacient devices truly put the “con” in the word contraception, and it’s a good thing when a popular, mainstream fact-checking site says so. We hope pro-abortion researchers such as the Guttmacher Institute will follow suit. 

Good on you, Snopes.  

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